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How to fix foundation issues

When the foundation of your home is at risk, it is imperative to enlist qualified, certified contractors and structural engineers to diagnose and repair your problem. Foundation inspection and repair costs are minimal compared to the financial and health risks of allowing a cracked concrete wall to spread. Follow these three steps to address your foundation concerns:

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How much does it cost to repair a foundation?

Depending on the nature and extent of your problem, foundation repair cost can range between the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. Fixing foundation cracks is a process that specialized foundation repair contractors deal with regularly. This would not cost as much as addressing a major underlying issue like pyrite contamination, which may indicate the need for a full foundation replacement.

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Type of renovation Predictable budget
Average $10,000
Low-end $4,000
High-end $20,000

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What’s typically included in a foundation repair?

For minor foundation repairs, sealing may be all that is required. Sealing foundation cracks occurs once the problem has been diagnosed and if the foundation is otherwise stable. Your contractor can recommend an appropriate sealant for your home’s environmental conditions. For more serious repairs or a sinking foundation, you may require foundation leveling to bring your house back to level. Techniques like underpinning and piering are sometimes used to accomplish this. Your contractor can recommend the right approach for your foundation issue.

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What are the signs of foundation problems?

If you’re wondering how to know if your foundation needs repair, look beyond sagging floors and cracks in the basement ceiling. Your foundation issues can come to light through sticky windows, jammed doors, and even paintings that just won’t stay nailed in. Check your home for these signs you need a house foundation repair:

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What is the purpose of a foundation in construction?2021-05-03T01:00:19+00:00

In construction, a foundation provides a solid, level base for a structure. As the ground freezes and thaws, and the soil accumulates and washes away, a foundation will keep a home anchored and stable.

What is the main cause of foundation problems?2021-05-03T00:59:07+00:00

In Canada, the main cause of foundation problems is the freeze-thaw cycle, which causes concrete to expand and contract. The resulting foundation cracks can jeopardize the structural integrity of an entire house.

What are the first signs of foundation problems?2021-05-03T00:58:33+00:00

The first signs of foundation problems include new difficulty opening and closing windows and doors, nails popping out of drywall, and warping and cracking of walls and floors. Some of these problems may have a more mild root cause, such as the warping of wooden window frames or door jambs. However, getting an inspection at the first sign of foundation problems is important for maintaining the safety and resale value of your home.

What happens if you don’t fix foundation problems?2021-05-03T00:57:01+00:00

Leaving a passive crack on your foundation alone may not have adverse consequences. However, failing to act for almost any other foundation problem can lead to cracked door frames, water damage, pest issues, and structural failure.

How much does it cost to have your foundation inspected?2021-05-03T00:55:15+00:00

A foundation inspection can cost $500-$1,500 depending on your location, zoning, and the size of your home.

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